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Benington Herts SG2 7BX , England Call Seller 01438869819

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19TH CENTURY PAINTED CARTON PIERRE CHEST IN THE ADAM NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

$ 2,286
  • Description
    A very unusual early 19th Century painted carton pierre chest / cellaret decorated in the Adam Neoclassical style on tapering legs.

    English Circa 1830.

    Extremely well decorated in the Neo-Classical style of Robert Adam retaining the original paintwork. Of rectangular form and decorated with bell flower mouldings and swags, the hinged cover with a pair of oval medallions each depicting a profile human mask flanking a central oval with cherubs, the sides centred by grotesque masks raised on tapering square legs.
    The interior with a velvet lining and to the rear of the cover having a hinged compartment.

    This unusual and very decorative chest has the appearance of a cellaret but does not benefit from carrying handles or castors as one would, which makes you think this chest may have been intended for storage purposes with the provision of a lock to deter the less scrupulous visitors and servants. The inclusion of the shallow compartment within the hinged top might suggest a useful compartment for private folios and deeds with the possibility of it looking like cellaret - wine cooler as a decoy.

    The decoration is in very good condition considering being of the 19th century with minor chips and looks to be papier-mâché often referred to as carton pierre.

    A decorative and intriguing chest.

    Dimensions
    Width 23 inches - 58.5cm
    Height 24 1/2 inches - 62.5cm
    Depth 16 inches - 41cm
  • More Information
    Origin: England
    Period: 19th Century
    Creation Date: Circa 1830
    Styles / Movements: Traditional, Neoclassical
    Dealer Reference #: 2710
    Incollect Reference #: 440717
  • Dimensions
    W. 23 in; H. 24.5 in; D. 16 in;
    W. 58.42 cm; H. 62.23 cm; D. 40.64 cm;
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